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Football League World’s Barnsley fan pundit Dan Sykes says he would be ‘astounded’ if star striker Kieffer Moore left the club this summer.
The comments came after Alan Nixon of The Sun reported that the Tykes were eyeing a move for Peterborough United’s Ivan Toney if a sale for the 26-year-old were to go through in the final week of the transfer window.
“I think the prospective sale of Kieffer Moore is nothing but paper talk,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“[Dale] Tonge has unequivocally stated that there have been no offers and we are not looking to sell.
“I would be astounded if he left, unless we get in a similar type of player to replace him and, regardless of Toney’s history with the club, he isn’t a replacement for Moore.
“He was a good loan signing for Barnsley in League One the last time we were promoted to the Championship but I think, in all fairness, that League One is his level.
“There is genuine affection for him from the Barnsley fans, but I don’t think that any would trade him for Kieffer Moore.”
Last season saw Moore net an impressive 17 goals in 31 League One appearances, despite missing the final months of the season with a head injury, as he helped Daniel Stendel’s side to an immediate return to the Championship.
Toney was also in impressive form, however, scoring 16 and assisting seven more, becoming one of the division’s hottest striking properties in the process.
But despite this record, Sykes believes that a better fit can be found in the event that Moore does in fact leave this summer.
“If Kieffer was to leave, we have been linked with Bjorn Johnsen of AZ [Alkmaar] and I would think that, as a similar type of player [to Moore], he would be more likely to be a replacement than Toney.
“But all the official reports from the club insist that we have not received an offer for Moore, nor are we interested in selling him, despite the rumours linking him to Wigan, Bristol City, Millwall or a move to China.
“Personally I hope he stays as I think he will have a positive influence on our upcoming season.”